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Chateau de Maisons (01:24)


François Mansart built the chateau in the 17th century for René de Longueil. Mansart acquired architectural culture and technical knowledge from books. (Credits)

Country Retreat (03:19)

Learn the story behind the site for the Chateau de Maisons. See the chateau from the forest side and the river side. Maisons is the descendant of medieval fortresses. See the fortress evolution.

Architectural Inheritance (03:06)

The moats and the forepart are souvenirs of the medieval keep. Middle Age concepts coexist with modern architecture. Learn about the rules for the grand architecture of antiquity.

Maisons Staircase (03:05)

The main entrance to the chateau is a hub that governs the flow of traffic. Learn about the monumental staircase and its positioning. Mansart's critics accused him of making a mistake.

Maisons Staircase: Geometry (01:14)

Set in a square on the first floor, the stairwell changes shape at the next floor. White walls emphasize the play on volume and form; Mansart approved only of carved decoration.

Housing for Royalty (03:26)

Longueil hoped to entertain King Louis XIII at the chateau; Louis XIV visited twice. Learn how the chateau was constructed and divided to accommodate royal guests.

King's Apartments (01:05)

A circular closet decorated in mirrors remains somewhat mysterious.

Great Reception Room (01:54)

The room is for ceremonies or festivities. The musician's gallery perches over the entrance. The decor contrasts with the unadorned vaults. Mansart was the inventor of the open plan and modular space.

Symmetrical Facades? (01:07)

The dissymmetry of windows may reveal the social rules that prevailed under the regime of an absolute monarchy. The chateau's facade masks the interior dimensions.

Appearance of Simplicity (04:06)

The chateau was built to house four people; 50 servants were needed. Learn about the10 floors, half-level service areas, servant staircases, and terraces in the chateau.

Maisons Chateau Estate Remnants (01:52)

The bridle path is now the main road to a housing estate. On the river side, the seine forms a barrier against urbanization. Learn about Mansart and the chateau's legacy.

Credits: The Maisons Castle: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:26)

Credits: The Maisons Castle: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture

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The Maisons-Laffitte chateau overlooks the Seine and has a French- style garden on a gentle slope. It is made up of a central block, flanked by two wings. The Hotel de Ville in Paris and the town halls of each of the twenty Paris arrondissements were built on the same model. The chateau is so famous that its image is commonplace. Yet the Château de Maisons was revolutionary in French chateau architecture. It was the masterpiece of a brilliant architect, François Mansart. The model affords a magnificent lesson in architecture.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL65339

ISBN: 978-1-60057-650-8

Copyright date: ©2008

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